DMEA Leadership

The DMEA is led by an elected President and an elected Executive Board, which reports to and is directed by our elected DMEA Association Representative Assembly which meets each month during the school year.


Joshua Brown, a middle school teacher social studies and special education who was elected President of the Des Moines Education Association in March 2018. Josh first became active in leadership within ISEA as part of the student program while attending Simpson College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion with minors in Secondary Education and Philosophy. He continued his education at Morningside College where he earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching along with an endorsement in Special Education. In 2009, Josh was awarded the Des Moines Education Association Paul Mann Emerging Leader Award.

Josh has served the association in many roles at the local, state, and national levels. In Iowa he is currently serving as the vice-president of the Iowa State Education Association. He also served as the ISEA representative on the NEA Board of Directors from 2013-2018 and as the ISEA representative on the NEA Resolutions Committee from 2011-2013. At the national level Josh was elected by local leaders from across the nation to be the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) Central Director from 2012-2018. He was also elected by members of the NEA Board of Directors to serve on the NEA Strategic Plan and Budget Committee from 2014-2018

In addition to serving the association, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, who is a science teacher and with his 11th grade son.


Vice President: Sara Earleywine (Hoyt Middle School)

Treasurer: Samy El-Baroudi (Virtual High School)

Secretary: Courtney Starbuck (Perkins Elementary School)

ISEA Exec Board Rep: Anne Cross (Central Academy)

Ethnic Minority Rep: Zipporah Smith (Merrill Middle School)

High School Rep: Stacy Schmidt (Lincoln High School

Middle School Rep: Kaitlin Doyle(Hiatt Middle School)

Elementary School Rep: Emma Bade (Carver Elementary School)

Elementary School Rep: Marilyn Smith (Oak Park Elementary School)

ESP Rep: Pam Bemis (Garton Elementary School)

Nurses Rep: Kathleen Wells (Garton Elementary School)

CSS Rep: Judith Taylor (Ruby Van Meter)

Building Association Representatives

Each building has at least one or more Association Representatives who are our building level leaders. Contact your building level representative with concerns or issues you would like to see addressed

Angella Welch Brubaker
Kelly Jo Hotchkiss Brubaker
Alex Pals Capitol View
Cassandra Tully-Lahmann Capitol View
Jason Baker Capitol View
Shawna Hughes Carver
Emma Bade Carver
Kristin Aschenbrenner Carver
Zachary Scott Carver
Karen Whittlesey Cattell
Meghan Gillespie Cattell
Traci Copeland Cattell
Jennifer Gelner Cowles
Lynn Andlauer Cowles
Kathleen Feeney Downtown
Kelsey Coy Edmunds
Megan Fontanini Findley
Chelsey Spreitzer Findley
Kathleen Wells Garton
Pamela Bemis Garton
Julie Hansen Garton
Stacy Trimble Greenwood
Tim Tutt Hanawalt
Alecia Hodgkinson Hillis
Sue Bloom-Gilbert Hillis
Joyce Adamson Howe
Carrie England Hubbell
Kelsey Brown Hubbell
Jolene Sigler Hubbell
Dan Gutmann Jackson
Alyson Skahill Jefferson
Mackenzie Bemis King
Abby Folkerts King
Jonna Nelson Lovejoy
Logan Hemphill Lovejoy
Alyssa Doeden Madison
Stephanie Maher Madison
Nancy Wilwerding McKee
Crystal Holsapple McKinley
Emily Wagner McKinley
Crystal Crowdis Mitchell
Chris Albers Monroe
Shanna Gibson Monroe
Sharon Whittlesey Monroe
Alicia Coleman Moore
Jesscia Adams Moore
Brenda Beumer Morris
Kristi Sexton Morris
Amber Brown Morris
Kirsten Fath Morris
Jackie Kohler Moulton
Cynthia Toth-Steininger Oak Park
Marilyn Smith Oak Park
Anita Babe Oak Park
Lauren Williams Oak Park
Lorie Sparks-Cooper Park Ave
Courtney Starbuck Perkins
Sarah Zigtema Perkins
Mindi McCoy Perkins
Chris Wellman Phillips
Stacy Bowman Pleasant Hill
Amanda Horstman Pleasant Hill
Megan Woody River Woods
Diane Conzemius Samuelson
Hailey Griffin Samuelson
Melissa Noel Samuelson
Lucinda Sinclair South Union
Brianna Phillips Stowe
Lora Dingeman Stowe
Andrea Wilson Studebaker
Sarah Renaud Studebaker
Kimberly VanGundy Taylor
Misti Linn Taylor
Elizabeth Bouma Walnut St
Tina Fulton Willard
Jacqui Pudenz-Powers Windsor
Alissa Rodriguez Windsor
Kathleen Sharon Woodlawn
Joanna Braucht Woodlawn
Rachel Harmon Wright
Anne Cross Central Academy
Lucinda Core Central Academy
Kevin Anderson Central Campus
Tracy Holland Central Campus
Brian Koch East
Samuel Juhl East
Vicki Bonnett East
Elizabeth Moran East
Sarah Wittkop Hoover
Tracey Cavalier Hoover
Sarah Hamilton Hoover
Ann Mincks Hoover
Amber Davison Hoover
Patricia Glassell Kurtz
Zachary McClelland Lincoln
Krys Rankin Lincoln
Kristy Snyder Lincoln
Ted Crow Lincoln
Rebecca Marks Lincoln
Stacy Schmidt Lincoln
Hannah Beitelspacher North
Hayley Pratt North
Sara Stieler North
Nate Fredericks North
Julia Casas North
Julie Honnold Orchard Place
Christa Sullivan Roosevelt
Jessie Weishaar Roosevelt
Micheal Davenport Roosevelt
Deb Henry-Smith Roosevelt
Andy Sutton Roosevelt
Nicole Cable Roosevelt
Anthony Glass Van Meter
Shannan Belden Virtual
Zach Smith Virtual
Samy El-Baroudi Virtual
Chris Dusek Virtual
Connor Wyrick Brody
Sarah Kelly Brody
Emily Barnett Callanan
Hilary Fenton Goodrell
Jason Jeffries Goodrell
Sarah Harmon Goodrell
Aric Rush Goodrell
Shanon Buckroyd Goodrell
Marco Arreola Goodrell
William Beyer Harding
Calvin Alger Harding
Ellen Smith Harding
Brad Wiesenmay Hiatt
Kaitlin Doyle Hiatt
Patricia Gronewold Hiatt
Tonya Richards Hiatt
Jamie Wilkens Hiatt
Haley Zeman Hiatt
Jessie Sandmann Hiatt
Sara Earleywine Hoyt
Leah Lowe Hoyt
Kristi Brown Hoyt
Denise Bovee McCombs
Joy Davey McCombs
Pam Vanderley-Beck Meredith
Heather Zrucky Meredith
Zipporah Smith Merrill
Barry Thomas Merrill
Dave O’Connor Merrill
Blake Hammond Merrill
Julie Keith Weeks
Becky Shattuck Weeks
Jennifer Coffey CSS
Casey Force CSS
Wendy Acri CSS
Wendy Hemphill CSS
Judy Taylor CSS
Sarah Backstrom-baker ALP (GT)
Carolyn Taylor ALP (GT)
Mary Barton SLI
Oralyn Kleman SLI